CAFO Bill HF873 on Life Support at Iowa Statehouse – Call TODAY!

CAFO Bill HF873 on Life Support at Iowa Statehouse – Call TODAY!


From Molly Regan
mjregan@ mchsi.com
(excerpts from Lynn Heuss – I'm for Iowa)
 
Despite overwhelming support from citizens and community leaders, HF 873, a bill regulating CAFOs, has seen steady progress but now faces strong opposition.
It seems this bill too, has been sent to a sub-committee with instructions from leadership to “kill” it. Members of that committee are Mike Reasoner (D-chair), Delores Mertz (D), Helen Miller (D), Jack Drake (R) and Steve Olson (R).

Three Democratic House members – Pam Jochum, Mark Kuhn and Marcie Frevert – have been working tirelessly to advocate for VOICE SF 553 and the CAFO HF 873 bills.

 
We must join the fight. Lack of oversight and regulation of CAFOs will affect the state of Iowa for generations to come! For a detailed explanation on CAFOs, please refer to my statement below, following the contact information for our legislators.
 
We need to inundate the Statehouse with calls and e-mail the legislative leaders who control the fate of this bill.
 Please call or write.  If your representative isn't on one of the sub-committees, you can still call or write Rep. Pat Murphy (House Speaker), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (House Majority Leader) or Senator Mike Gronstal (Senate Majority Leader).  Everyone needs to contact those three leaders. In addition, contact your local reps and encourage them to urge the committee members to pass the CAFO bill (HF 873).

CAFO Regulation – HF 873

Agriculture Sub-Committee:

Rep. Mike Reasoner (D)
House District 95 – Union County

Mike.Reasoner@legis.state.ia.us
Home Telephone: 641-782-2693

Dolores Mertz (D)
House District 8 – Kossuth County

Dolores.Mertz@legis.state.ia.us
Home Telephone: 515-887-2952

Rep. Helen Miller (D)
House District 49 – Webster County

Helen.Miller@legis.state.ia.us

Rep. Jack Drake (R)
House District 57 — Pottawattamie
Jack.Drake@legis.state.ia.us
Home Telephone: 712-784-3538

Rep. Steve Olson (R)
House District 83 – Clinton County
Steven.Olson@legis.state.ia.us
Home Telephone: 563-659-9096
 

Statehouse Leaders:
Speaker of the House
Rep. Pat Murphy (D)
House District 28 – Dubuque County
Pat.Murphy@legis.state.ia.us
Home Telephone: (563) 582-5922
House Telephone:  (515) 281-5566

House Majority Leader
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (D)
House District 67 – Polk County
Kevin.McCarthy@legis.state.ia.us
Home Telephone: (515) 953-5221
House Telephone:  (515) 281-7497

Senate Majority Leader
Senator Mike Gronstal (D)
Senate District 50 — Pottawattamie
michael.gronstal@legis.state.ia.us
Home Telephone: (712) 328-2808
Business Telephone: (515) 281-3901

House Switchboard to reach all State Representatives:  (515) 281-3221 Call your local reps and ask them to urge committee members and House leaders to pass this bill!
 
Please call TODAY!!
 
 

According to the IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (IDNR), an AFO is an ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATION.
 
A CAFO is a CONFINED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATION .  The difference is that in a CAFO, the animals are subjected to close, sometimes unhealthy quarters and their waste stays within the confinement until such time it is removed.  In the case of hogs, that may only be several times a year.
 
The IDNR also states on its web site: www.iowadnr.com :  “Confinement feeding operations that plan to build, modify or expand must meet state requirements for the new construction. It is important to determine as early as possible, at least 120 days before you plan to begin construction, what size the proposed operation will be and the type of manure storage that will be used. Once size and type of storage are known, you can determine which state requirements must be met….”  Also per their website:
“Master Matrix”

The master matrix is a scoring system that can be used to evaluate the siting of permitted confinement feeding operations. Counties that have adopted a construction evaluation resolution can use the master matrix. Counties must re-adopt the construction evaluation resolution annually between January 1 and January 31, starting in 2004, to continue to use the master matrix.

Producers in counties that have adopted the matrix must meet higher standards than other permitted facilities. Before they can be approved for construction, they must earn points on the master matrix for choosing sites and using practices that reduce adverse impacts on the environment and the community. Producers must have 50% (440 points minimum) of the total score and at least 25% of the available points in each of the three subcategories of air, water and community impacts to pass the master matrix….”

Scott County happens to be one of the many counties that has chosen to partake in the permit process. ( Its Board of Supervisors has agreeded to this every year since 2004.) .  Part of what that means is that if a farmer wants to build new or add to their existing operation, a permit may be needed depending on the total number pigs, cattle, etc said farmer is going to raise.  There is a formula that says if you have over 1666 animal units (thats one bovine equals one unit, 2.5 hogs equals one unit….see IDNR site for other animals) they you need to fill out the Master Matrix.  If your county does not partake in the permit process, it goes directly to the IDNR and bypasses any local public input time.

 

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